Party-list group gives away free condoms on Valentine's Day

The Pro-Reproductive Health (RH) party-list group, Akbayan gathered at the Mega-Q Mart (formerly Nepa-Q Mart) along EDSA to give out free condoms to vendors and market goers Valentine's Day, 2011.

Despite the opposition coming from the Catholic Church on the distribution of condoms, the Party continued to distribute the materials in an effort to inform people on reproductive rights and secure support for the passage of the RH bill.

The group said the activity was in continuation of the Department of Health's (DOH) initiative under then Secretary Esperanza Cabral, last year.

The DOH earlier said on reports that they will not distribute condoms this year.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) earlier encouraged the DOH not to dispense condoms, saying that it sends a wrong message to the youth encouraging premarital sex.

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